That changed this year with the New York Féile team, comprised of Gaelic footballers from all over the city, including players from the Shannan Gaels in Queens.
The team, under the leadership of manager Tom Price, went to Ireland this summer to compete against teams from all across the world, and ultimately won a hard-fought victory in their Division I category.
Earlier this month, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley invited the team and their families to City Hall to honor and recognize them with a City Council Proclamation.
“Not only is the Féile team keeping Irish tradition alive in the United States, they are spreading the sport and opening it up to people all over the city,” Crowley said. “Gaelic football is played without question throughout Ireland, much like American football or basketball here at home, so making the commitment to play here at such a high level takes dedication.”